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San Diego Hoe-Down

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    Check in with bands that made the trek to Austin for SXSW.

    On South by Southwest's (SXSW) opening day, I visited one of the most unique spots to experience live music. 

    Located in a historic neighborhood just south of downtown Austin, Lustre Pearl is an eclectic bar found in a stripped-out, old house. With people drinking and socializing on the front lawn, you enter the house to find a bar in the living room and a back patio that opens up to a stage (with picnic-table seating). Lustre Pearl's packed house was the site of the San Diego Hoe-Down. Produced by the North Park Music Thing and the San Diego Music Foundation, the Hoe-Down served Stone brew, Wahoo's fish tacos aBrian Karcig of the Nervous Wreckordsnd some of San Diego's finest talent. 

    On the bill: Dirty Sweet, Steve Poltz, Transfer, El Ten Eleven, Tape Deck Mountain, and the Nervous Wreckords (featuring members of Louis XIV).  Each act blazed through a tight 30-minute set on a beautiful Austin afternoon that was reminiscent of San Diego weather. 

    San Diego Does South By

    [DGO] San Diego Does South By
    Check in with bands that made the trek to Austin for SXSW.

    Brian Karcig (pictured, right) of the Nervous Wreckords, had the following to say about the San Diego Hoe-Down : "I've got a nice buzz, I'm surrounded by friends and playing music, it's amazing ! I have showcases all week but couldn't imagine a better way to spend the first day of South By."

    In addition to artists, a handful of San Diego venues were represented on-site, including the Loft at UCSD, the Belly Up Tavern and Bar Pink.  A tremendous turnout -- it was a pleasure seeing San Diego so well-represented in the live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas.